BioPark Hosts Dragonfly Festival at Botanic Garden
A dragonfly perches on a twig. Photo courtesy Paul Sergel (https://www.flickr.com/ photos/75656791@N05/9120362652/).
July 16, 2014
Summertime brings an influx of life to the ABQ BioPark as animal residents in the nearby Rio Grande bosque venture in for a visit. This Saturday, the Botanic Garden hosts a celebration of some of the fascinating summertime insect residents--damselflies and dragonflies. Join us on July 19 for discovery stations, games, crafts, storytime and guided dragonfly identification walks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Festival Green.
“Dragonflies are fascinating time machines--they’ve been around since the Jurassic Period--and have amazing adaptations that make them very accurate predators,” says Tallie Segel, Botanic Garden Education Coordinator. “The position of their eyes, the aerodynamic shape of their bodies and the control they have of their wings means they are able to fly in any direction very quickly and catch prey in the air. And even in their early stages of life as aquatic nymphs, they are impressive underwater hunters.”
- NM citizens can visit the Zoo or Aquarium & Botanic Garden for $4.50 per adult and $2.25 per senior (65+) and $2 per child (3-12).
- Out-of-state visitors can visit the Zoo or Aquarium & Botanic Garden for $6.25 per adult and $2.75 per senior (65+) and $2 per child (3-12).
- Children under 3 are always free.
In addition to the Dragonfly Festival, weekend guests can enjoy a variety of summer events included with admission:
- Old Thyme Music at the Heritage Farm with Breaking Blue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Look for chiles growing at the Heritage Farm, and enjoy a picnic in the shade at the Cottonwood Gallery.
- Watch Seal & Sea Lion Feeding at 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., Hippo Feeding at 2 p.m. and Polar Bear Feeding at 2:30 p.m.
- Enjoy the World Animal Encounters Show at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Zoo
- Escape the heat with a visit to the Aquarium--see the Aquarium divers feed animals in the Coral Reef Tank at 11:30 a.m. and in the Shark Tank at 2 p.m.
Half-price admission prices are available from any BioPark cashier from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on July 19 and 20. BioPark combo tickets, which include entrance to all three facilities and unlimited train rides, remain regularly priced. Online tickets also remain regularly priced.